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Some Favorite American Foods Twist Into Literal Killers

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
March 16, 2015

Blue Bell ListeriosisToo often Americans take food safety for granted.  Some items––such as meat, ice cream, sodas, fish, vegetables and fruits, etc.––could be just as treacherous as killer snake bites, ravenous dogs, and the most deadly poisons.

AP reporters Terry Wallace and Nicholas Clayton write: “The deaths of three people who developed a food-borne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history.”

They were among five people sickened with this ice cream while in a Kansas hospital:  “According to . . . the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all five of the people sickened were receiving treatment for unrelated health issues at the same Kansas hospital before developing listeriosis, a finding that strongly suggests their infections (with listeria bacteria) were acquired in the hospital.”

In ‘Kansas Officials: 3 Dead after Listeria Linked to Ice Cream Products,’ Amanda Watts of CNN warns: “The Food and Drug Administration said Blue Bell has removed potentially contaminated products . . . from the retailers and hospital settings. The company shut down production line where the products were made.

“The FDA is warning consumers to who may have purchased the following items to discard them: Chocolate Chip Country Cookie, Great Divide Bar, Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bar, No-Sugar Added Mooo Bar (regular Mooo Bars are not included).”

According to, listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water and some animals. “It can be present listeria-imagein raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants. it can grow even in cold temperature[s].”

On his way by sea to trial before the Roman government, Paul warned captain and crew that an extremely dangerous storm was coming and they should wait.  But they wouldn’t listen. According to used Christian Bibles, Paul prayed for the crew’s safety, but the ship itself was wrecked. Apostle Luke, a physician, who traveled with Paul writes:

“And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

“And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls (Acts 27: 33 – 37).”

What do the apostles establish here: 1) Food is for health, not pleasure; 2) Believers must thank God for their food; 3) After fasting, food is necessary to sustain life; 4) Food provisions ultimately come from God’s divine miracles––they are not a political right to take for granted.

As the ship stores were destroyed, where did the food Paul served come from? God provided it––just as He miraculously fed Israel in the wilderness––after Paul fasted and prayed. Thus, Christians should not take food for granted, and they definitely should pray before they eat.

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